Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Was that the last straw on the camel's back?

Ng Sue Lim, DAP Selangor State Assemblyman for Sekinchan, and I held a demonstration in front of "Istana Zakaria" on Oct 28. Joining us were Dato Dr Hassan Ali, Vice President of PAS, Dr Shafie Abu Bakar, former PAS Selangor State Assemblyman for Kajang (1999-2004), party members and local residents in Kampung Idaman and Pandamaran.
Although there were attempts to disrupt the gathering with noises and complaints of traffic jam, the supporters of Dato Zakaria Deros kept their cool and the event was peacefully conducted (Malaysiakini Oct 28).
Before Oct 28, we also held a demonstration in front of the DZ Satay House owned by Zakaria in protest of the illegal strcture erected on the state land meant for road reserve and the double standard in the enforcement of law where another hakwer stall within a stone throw fron the Satay House building was torn down by the MPK on the ground that the owner did not obtain the permission. Attended by almost 300 local residents, the event was also peaceful held.
However, violence took the center stage on Oct 29 when the DAP Selangor held another demonstration at the same place (Malaysiakini Oct 29).
Was the second demonstration in front of the Istana Zakaria the last straw on the camel's back?

Shame on you, Khir Toyo

Khir Toyo is caught with his pents down when he desperately and shamelessly attempts to salvage his badly damaged image by, firstly, saying that he had asked Zakaria bin Deros to give up the post of councillor before his audiece with Sultan of Selangor and, secondly, suggesting that the Local Government Act 1976 be amended to enable the appointment of professional as councillors (NST and The Sun).

I have issued a press statement today calling for his resignation as follows:-

"Selangor Menteri Besar, Dato Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, has shamed the Selangor people by his sheer ignorance of the law regarding the appointment of the local councillors.

He suggested yesterday that the Local Government Act 1976 be amended to allow appointment of professional as councillors without realizing it had long been so provided by section 10(2) of the said law, as follows:-

“Councillors of the local authority shall be appointed from amongst persons the majority of whom shall be persons ordinarily resident in the local authority area who in the opinion of the State Authority have wide experience in the local government affairs or who have achieved distinction in any profession, commerce or industry, or are otherwise capable of representing the interests of their communities in the local authority area.”
Khir Toyo had attempted to salvage his image badly damaged as a result of his incapability to take decisive action against Dato Zakaria bin Deros when the issue of the infamous “Istana Zakaria” and “DZ Satay House” were exposed and had to wait until the Sultan of Selangor advised Zakaria to relinquish his post as councilor before he gave Zakaria the deadline of November 8, to do so.

In fact, Khir Toyo had misled the Sultan of Selangor for Zakaria’s tenure as councillor had expired in September and he has yet to swear in for the new appointment even if he might have had received the letter of appointment. Legally speaking, Zakaria is no longer a councillor and therefore there is nothing for him to quit.

Further, even if he had already received the letter of appointment, it could be revoked at anytime by Khir Toyo for which Khir Toyo had failed to do.

The whole Zakaria controversy has not only exposed Zakaria’s arrogance and abuse of powers in the local authority but also, more significantly, the ignorance and incapability of Khir Toyo as the head of the state government. Khir Toyo should resign honourably."

Monday, October 30, 2006

I'm back, Zakaria is out

I'm back after 2 months. And Zakaria is out, soon.
If I claimed I was too busy in the last two months to blog, people would say that is a lame excuse. But if you look at what has been happening in the past few weeks (and some more in the next few weeks) on Istana Zakaria, you would probably see the clue.
Let me tell you the latest. The Majlis Perbandaran Klang (Klang Municipal Council)(MPK) had convened an emergency meeting today and decided to demolish the DZ Satay House belongs to Dato Zakaria bin Deros. However, the MPK had only the guts to make the decision. It will not enforce it until it gets the endorsement from the Menteri Besar, Dato Seri Dr Mohd Khir bin Toyo.
I guess Khir Toyo will not give his endorsement for he is a "Zakaria-fearing MB". He will refer it to the State Exco weekly meeting which is normally held on Wednesday.
That is the dismal political leadership of the Menteri Besar of the self-proclaimed "developed state".